Many people who go to buy a first pet, especially those with children, favour a dog over other pet types. There are plenty of reasons for this that you can read here, but mainly a dog is chosen for its playfulness, protectiveness and loyalty that is displayed on a regular basis. One of the big draws for having a dog is the fact that they often become part of the family, and are considered as more than just a pet. You should always research thoroughly before buying a new dog so that you can make sure you can take care of your pet.
Whenever you head to the local supermarket to shop for Christmas or other occasions, you can now find gifts and treats for cats and dogs in the same way you can for the children in your home or your partner. Dogs bring a huge amount of unconditional love into our lives, which is why money is spent every year to help you reward your dog. Your new dog should be considered as a family member, and we’ve put together five reasons why:
- Intelligence. Did you know that studies on pet behaviour show that animals, especially dogs, are exceptionally smart? Understanding how smart your particular breed of dog is can help you to ensure you are giving your pet the right level of care and can help you to treat your animal with more respect. The intelligence level an animal has will directly impact how you treat them in your home, and this is why dogs are a part of the family and not just a lower species.
- Protection. We mentioned protectiveness earlier, but a loyal dog will always protect its owner. This type of loyalty can make a family feel secure in their home if they know their dog will warn their human family of an intruder or something about to attack.
- Anxiety. It’s not just therapy dogs that are wonderful for children. Dogs experience separation anxiety from their human families in a similar way children do from their parents. It’s important to understand that this level of affection for you and for your children will mean that your pup needs you. You can provide the right care when going away on holiday and still understand that your dog is going to miss you!
- Grief. Like humans, dogs experience a huge range of emotions and grief is one of them. Your dog will view you like a member of the family and will treat you as such, meaning that should something happen to you, it will grieve for you. You are not just a source of food and petting to your dog. They admire you and love you in the way that you do, and if you can understand that grieving comes from a place of love, you will know that your dog loves you.
- Love. A pet really loves their owner! Animals get the same rush of love and affection for their human families that we do for them. The way your dog leaps all over you when you walk in through the door is a simple reflection of this love.